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Simple Reality – Intro

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This blog is a meditation on the nature of reality and responds to The Three Great Questions: Where am I? Who am I? and Why am I here? It is a tapestry of Oneness in which every thread is interwoven … Continue reading

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Reductionism

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Charles Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution” will not fare well in this article; but first a short anecdote. In 1954 Jacquetta Hawkes, in a book called Man on Earth, supported the controversial idea that evolution of life on Earth was not … Continue reading

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Reality and Illusion

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The first “reality” from a Buddhist perspective is suffering. Suffering arises with the sensations and our reactions to them. If we don’t react but instead “respond” then we do not have suffering.  Being “present” to our experience allows us to … Continue reading

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Reality

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We are so sure of illusion, of unhappiness, anger, depression, and fear, but doubt the reality of compassion, joy, happiness, freedom, and peace of mind. Roy Charles Henry This article for some may be the most challenging in our ABC’s … Continue reading

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Race

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Race is a label associated with the illusion of the other in P-B which has no existence in the reality of P-A. David Chandler in an article in the Boston Globe affirms this point of view in writing that, “Race … Continue reading

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Psychology

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We are not victims of the world we see, we are victims of the way we see the world. Shirley MacLaine It is a dark picture, this human condition, and compassionate psychologists and psychiatrists have done their best over the … Continue reading

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Prophets

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We loved Jesus, Socrates and Gandhi—after we murdered them. While they were alive, they were a tremendous pain in the ass. Robert Kegan Humanity from the beginning of our story has ignored its prophets and returned to the self-destructive distractions … Continue reading

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Propaganda

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The Simple Reality Project involves a search for truth, a commodity in short supply in the human community today. Propaganda is material disseminated by the advocates of a doctrine. The truth is not propaganda but it instead involves, distinguishing reality … Continue reading

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Projection

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This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune—often the surfeits of our own behavior—we make guilty of our own disasters, the sun, the moon, and the stars. Shakespeare, King Lear The paradox inherent in Simple … Continue reading

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Present Moment

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The end of our exploring will be to arrive at where we started and to know the place for the first time. T.S. Elliot I would paraphrase Eliot’s line of poetry to be consistent with a deeper understanding of what … Continue reading

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Precepts

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A precept is a rule or principle designed to regulate human behavior. Precepts found in religious doctrine are usually stated in a negative way or in other words they generally tell us what not to do. For example, here are … Continue reading

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Prayer

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You shouldn’t be prayin’ when it’s rainin’ if you ain’t prayin’ when the sun is shinin’ Satchel Paige Prayer, like religion, if practiced in the context of P-B (as a reaction), is an expression of our false-self identity. Prayer, in … Continue reading

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Power

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The power we think we attain when striving to assuage the needs of the power center of the false self is illusory. One cannot control people or events and the attempt to do so leads only to strengthening the false … Continue reading

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Point of Power Practice

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He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit; than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16: 32 Human beings are very reactive creatures seemingly at the mercy of their psychological conditioning. … Continue reading

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Phenomena

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The pursuit of phenomena that seem to have a special significance in the process of Self-realization must always be done in a profound context or they will in themselves be used as any unhealthy behavior is used, that is, to … Continue reading

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Persona

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The persona is the role that a person assumes in order to display his conscious intentions to himself and to others.   “[It] comes from the Latin per+sona, meaning ‘to sound through.’ The persona were the large wooden masks worn by … Continue reading

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Perfection

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We cannot go where God is not, and where God is, all is well. Anonymous Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matt. 5:48 Understanding the metaphorical nature of Biblical poetry, God, the … Continue reading

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Perennial Philosophy

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The term “perennial philosophy” was coined by Leibniz and made famous by Aldous Huxley. The content of the great religions includes both the imminent and the transcendent. The transcendent aspect refers to the “non-duality” of ultimate reality (P-A). The absolute … Continue reading

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Peak Experience

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Epiphany, a synonym for peak experience, first appears in the work of Herodotus, Greek historian of the fifth century BCE, and means “the coming to light” or “appearing of gods.” The psychologist Abraham Maslow used peak experience to describe what … Continue reading

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Peace

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I you. John 14: 27 Peace cannot be found in “the world,” that is to say, in P-B. Whether we are speaking of … Continue reading

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Patience

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What is the value of living in the present moment? There are many. For example, one quality found among those whose worldview is Oneness, would be patience. “Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait … Continue reading

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Parenthood

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Advice for good parenting in P-B could sound something like this: “To put the child before self requires discipline and patience and generosity, and if one believes these attributes are a natural outgrowth of love, one misunderstands love. Feelings for … Continue reading

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Paradigm Shift

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‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Tennyson The power of P-B cannot be underestimated. It mesmerizes even those who might think that they have escaped its influence. Every existing institution and system of thought in the global … Continue reading

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Paradigm B

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History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.  Stephan Dedalus in James Joyce’s Ulysses Paradigm B (P-B) is the nightmare that we all live every day. It is the life that we have chosen albeit unconsciously by … Continue reading

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Paradigm A

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This changeless Reality is pure consciousness… What if we were to synthesize all of the wisdom and effective transformational practices discovered by humanity thus far into one story (Simple Reality), a worldview of Oneness, would the behavior of those who … Continue reading

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Paradox, The Great

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The Great Paradox is so important to understanding Simple Reality that we will repeat it several times in slightly different phrasing. Transcending the illusion of space/time, we arrive at the place that we never left, the eternal Now, and experience … Continue reading

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Paradox

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“In Greek, paradox means literally ‘against opinion;’ that is, a paradox rubs against our accepted notions of reality.”  A paradox could also be defined as a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true. For example, the paradox of change: … Continue reading

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Pairs of Opposites

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I hold his essence and amorphous shape, Till he with Order mingles and combines. Edna St. Vincent Millay Conventional P-B thinking regarding pairs of opposites is of only passing interest.  We begin this article by descending into a more profound … Continue reading

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Pain

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“When you bring ‘me’ into the picture, you are identifying with the pain. That simply adds emphasis to it. If you leave ‘I’ out of the operation, pain is not painful.”   ___________________________________________________________ References and notes are available for this … Continue reading

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Oversoul

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“The spirit infusing all living things, resulting in the perfect realization of an ideal nature. This is a concept in the 19th century transcendentalist philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson and others.” ___________________________________________________________ References and notes are available for this article. … Continue reading

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Out-of-Body Experience

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“An out-of-body experience can arise at any time, even in sleep or dreams. It is often triggered by physical calamity or illness, such as an accident or surgery. In the out-of-body experience, there is location, position, and duration. An almost … Continue reading

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Other, The

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This article on the other and the following article on projection make it clear that projection and the other have a reciprocal relationship. In this article we focus primarily on the illusion of the other as it appears in the … Continue reading

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Oneness

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Talk as much philosophy as you please, worship as many gods as you like, observe all ceremonies, sing devoted praises to any number of divine beings—liberation never comes, even at the end of hundreds of eons, without the realization of … Continue reading

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Nothingness

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Is nothingness the opposite of “thingness?” Let’s find out. Alexander Stern in his article entitled “So is that a Thing?” explores the phenomena of “thingness.” “Speakers and writers of American English have recently taken to identifying a staggering and constantly … Continue reading

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Nonviolence

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“According to Ghandi, nonviolence does not imply a mere abstention from acts of aggression; it is a profound attitude of the heart, involving the whole person in a continuous spiritual exercise.”  That “continuous spiritual exercise” is The Point of Power … Continue reading

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Nonlocality

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There is a field independent of limitations of time and space within which consciousness and creation are connected and share energy and interact. “The important point of this distinction is that if we can conceive of anything as entirely devoid … Continue reading

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New Thought

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“William James considered New Thought to be the one truly original contribution made by Americans to spiritual philosophy. New Thought is truly a do-it-yourself path, built by many uneducated, simple people who pioneered on the frontiers of the American soul. … Continue reading

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Neuroses

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We’re all mad here. The Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland If we all lived in an asylum where everyone was neurotic, those behaviors would seem for the most part normal. We do! A psychologist would define a neurosis as … Continue reading

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Near-Death Experience (NDE)

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The NDE could more accurately be labeled the “Nearest-to-Life Experience (NLE).” We shall see in this article that what is experienced by those who return to life after their escape from the clutches of the grim reaper are pretty much … Continue reading

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Nationalism

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The United States had its beginning as a group of colonies under foreign domination. It was a natural human aspiration to establish independence. The resulting states quickly realized that they needed to operate as one united nation mutually supporting and … Continue reading

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Mythology

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We can make the case for shifting from P-B to P-A as best we can but lest we think we have a choice in the matter, we can disabuse ourselves of that notion. We don’t! The paradigm shift and the … Continue reading

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Mysticism

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The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.    Albert Einstein “Albert Einstein also claimed that mysticism was ‘the sower … Continue reading

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Morality

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“Virtue ethics revolve around the idea of the ‘good life.’ Consider, for instance, Homeric arête (excellence), Socratic self-knowledge, Aristotelian friendship and phronesis (wisely applied knowledge, practical wisdom), Christian faith, hope and love. Plato advised turning our attention to the idea … Continue reading

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Miracles

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We have all read about miracles in scripture, fairy tales and mythology. Miracles in P-A would be fundamentally different. With consciousness taking primacy in the new paradigm the old categories of miracles are not impressive and maybe even pointless. Miracles … Continue reading

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Mind

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The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven. John Milton Well, Milton makes the mind sound like an interesting but a scary place. We might as well dive … Continue reading

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Metaphor

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A major problem with religion is the confusion caused by the difference between literal truth and metaphor. If religious myth and metaphorical stories are taken literally then the shift to a more profound worldview, one closer to the true nature … Continue reading

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Meme

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Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene has given the name “meme” to “units of cultural transmission.” To be more specific: “a word coined by Dawkins to describe images, phrases, references, pieces of music, that are themselves replicated and … Continue reading

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Meditation Again

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Given the central role that meditation has in self-transformation we felt the need to offer more detail in support of those of us who are ready to begin or continue an authentic and proven transformation practice. Hand-in-hand with The Point … Continue reading

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Meditation

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All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.          Blaise Pascal In the context of Simple Reality the purpose of meditation is to attain an experience of the present moment. … Continue reading

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Masculine and Feminine

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Historically in most cultures matter and spirit have been classified as two separate categories. An inexorable split in the human psyche has been created as a consequence of viewing reality in this way. Matter is seen, for the most part, … Continue reading

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